By Field Notes, Herald-Tribune
Published May 16, 2012, Health + Fitness
BRADENTON, FLORIDA—May 23 will mark the finale of the second annual Bradenton Kiwanis Youth Progressive Marathon.
A marathon is 26.2 miles. For the past two months, over 200 youths have been using donated pedometers to log a total of 25 miles during their after-school programs at the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club. On Wednesday, the youth will gather at G.T. Bray Park to run the final 1.2 miles of their marathon.
The Bradenton Kiwanis Youth Progressive Marathon was a vision of the Manatee County Health Department’s ACHIEVE Coalition, a community coalition addressing healthy lifestyles and obesity. According to Dr. Jennifer Bencie, Manatee County Health Department Administrator, “Research shows that this generation of youth may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. This issue is due to obesity, which can be controlled with physical activity and healthy eating. We want to give youth tools to encourage them to exercise routinely and to make exercise fun. This progressive marathon will provide friendly competition and help our community’s youth make healthier choices in life.”
After the marathon, youth will be given completion medals and healthy snacks. ACHIEVE received a grant from the Bradenton Kiwanis Club, as well as donations from local sponsors for this event.
Jun 25 2012, 11:21 AM